Tools and Topics

Collaborative Grant Seeking

Matching a project to the right funding opportunity can be a challenge. Finding the right partners and leveraging our strengths are crucial to successful proposals. University of Florida Grants Manager Bess de Farber and librarian Perry Collins co-led a webinar for institute participants.



Funding for Libraries

Bess de Farber developed this guide, including funding opportunities of interest across libraries

Modern Endangered Archives Program

Based at UCLA, this Arcadia-funded program has supported several projects to digitize Caribbean collections

Institute proposal

Read the proposal for the institute, funded by the NEH Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities program.

Projects and Courses

US Caribbean & Ethnic Florida Digital Newspaper Project

Melissa Jerome (University of Florida)

Collage of newspaper pages

Project Goals

This project was developed through a partnership between the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, the University of Puerto Rico – Río Piedras library system, and University of the Virgin Islands to provide free online access to historical newspapers from the United States and territories. It is part of Chronicling America, hosted by the Library of Congress and supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities National Digital Newspaper Program.

Outcomes & Deliverables

Since 2013, over 44 titles and 270,000 pages have been made accessible online. They are available through the Florida Digital Newspaper Library, the Digital Library of the Caribbean, the Biblioteca Digital Puertorriqueña, and the Library of Congress – Chronicling America. Updates and continued initiatives are also shared on the project’s website and social media platforms.


Melissa’s presentation

Slides from the institute, with an overview of Chronicling America with links to relevant collections

Project blog

Updates and highlights

Teaching resources

Including K-12 lesson plans

Projects and Courses

Caribbean Diaspora & Carnival

Nadjah Ríos-Villarini and Mirerza González (University of Puerto Rico – Río Piedras)

Panorama of Carnival Practices aims to explore migration and the Caribbean diaspora through the lens of cultural practices related to Carnival.

Project Goals

  • To design and develop an interactive webpage with curated content about mobility (of people culture, ideas, etc.) in Carnival.
  • To engage scholars from Linguistics, Performance, Music, History, Communication, Library Studies and Digital Humanities in the planning of reliable and affordable archiving, and preserving and disseminating practices.

Participants attend four workshops to identify project materials and DH support, assess technical aspects, review funding options and draft proposals, and develop a two year work plan.

Outcomes & Deliverables

Collections added to archives, maintaining collaborative networks through oral history and family history archives projects.


Nadjah & Mirerza’s presentation

Dr. Ríos Villarini and Dr. González offered an overview of their work during the institute.

Caribbean Diaspora project website

The website includes an overview of each project phase, meeting reports, and the original grant proposal.

Caribbean Diaspora dLOC collection

The project collection includes photos, articles, research papers, and other materials in Spanish and English.

Archivo Histórico de Vieques

The Vieques Historical Archives (AHV) supports the documentation and preservation of audiovisual materials and artifacts related to the history, development, and sociocultural struggles of the island of Vieques off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico.

Culebra Digital Community Archive

The Digital Community Archive for Culebra, founded by the Culebra Foundation, promotes the preservation and sharing of information on the island municipality of Culebra, through photos, artifacts, maps and documents.

Archivo de Respuestas Emergencias de Puerto Rico (AREPR)

Omeka site supporting and showcasing the work and knowledge production of grassroots community organizations in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of natural and man-made disasters.